Port Ellen Primary School serves the southern part of the Island of Islay, located off the west coast of Scotland. The school catchment area includes the villages of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg, known for their whisky, as well as an extensive rural area. Almost three quarters of the pupils live within a mile of the school.
The school is a two-storey building and was opened in 1975 to replace the old village schools of Ardbeg and Port Ellen. Upstairs there are two teaching classrooms, Primary 4,5 and Primary 6,7. There is also an additional resource classroom and an ICT base/ teaching kitchen.
The large assembly hall is used for physical education, assemblies, dining, concerts, etc. The Pre 5 unit is situated downstairs next to the Primary 1,2,3 classroom to facilitate early level working. The school grounds are well developed and include lawns, sports pitches, garden areas, a heather hillside and hard surface play areas. There is also an activity trail, all weather pitch, pond and round house.